Monday, June 16, 2014
Review: The Hunt by Stacey Kade
The Hunt is the second installment in the Project Paper Doll trilogy. In the first book, The Rules, we were introduced to Ariane who was created in a lab. (She is half alien and half human.) On the surface she looks like a human, but she has some very unique abilities. Zane is your typical high school boy who happens to be in love with a "hybrid".
At the end of The Rules, Ariane and Zane were on the run. Ariane's creator, Dr. Jacobs, wants to keep her locked up in the lab because he thinks she is too dangerous to be out in society. She wants to be free to make her own decisions and live a normal life. When Ariane discovers there are other hybrids living near Chicago she develops a plan. She thinks they can stop the challenges between the different labs and earn their freedom if the hybrids can all work together.
On the surface this sounds like a very simple idea, but Laughlin's hybrids (Ford, Nixon, and Carter) are not quite the same as Ariane. Ariane and Zane run into some difficulty, which turns into a very dangerous situation for everyone involved.
Drs. Laughlin and Jacobs are ruthless and will stop at nothing to win the challenge. The ending was action packed and Stacey left us with a HUGE cliffhanger. I was completely shocked by the direction the series appears to be taking, but at the same time I am REALLY excited to read the final book. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I think Zane will finally be on an even playing field with the rest of the characters. The hybrids consider humans to be inferior, which in many ways they are, but Zane has proven his loyalty and may now be able to contribute on a greater scale.
This series is highly entertaining and is not as sci-fi as it may sound. I'm not usually a fan of sci-fi, but I love all of Stacey's books. She has a great sense of humor and you can't help but love her characters. She incorporates paranormal elements into the story, but her books focus more on high school relationships and drama. Any YA fan will enjoy this series.